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Today's News

  • Businessman charged in sex case involving 2 young teens

    Lancaster business owner and former civic leader Chris Tillman has been arrested again, this time on sex-offense charges involving two young girls, both under age 15.
    According to an arrest warrant, one of the girls told the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office in March that there had been repeated incidences over a two-year period in which Tillman sexually gratified himself by using her feet.
    The girl said this happened during teen sleepovers at Tillman’s house. She said he would find her when the lights went out or everyone else was asleep.

  • Picking site for new animal shelter

    County officials are moving ahead to build a new animal shelter at a cost of $1.25 million to $1.75 million, and they will select the site this month.
    The list of possible locations has been trimmed to two. The preferred site is near the public works complex on Pageland Highway.  
    The other option is on the southern side of S.C. 9 Bypass West between West Meeting Street and Grace Avenue near the air rail park.

  • Tell me your best memory of our town

    Downtown Lancaster is teeming with memories for those in the 40-plus age bracket.
    There’s cruising Main Street after dark to look at the reflection of your shiny car in storefront glass.
    Dropping a penny in the sidewalk scales at City Drug to check your weight after scarfing down a double handful of fresh-baked raspberry-topped tea cookies that Mr. Courtney had just put in the display case at Lancaster Bakery.

  • L&C says Kershaw can’t mow along track

    KERSHAW – Amid a dispute over underground utility lines, the L&C Railway has discontinued the town of Kershaw’s longtime practice of mowing the six-block Cleveland Street greenway that runs beside the railroad’s tracks.
    Kershaw officials received a certified letter dated April 18 from Railway Auditing & Management Services (RAMS) of Jacksonville, Fla., telling them to “cease immediately” all landscaping services provided by the town on Lancaster & Chester Railroad property.

  • ‘Fall in’

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    You can image the pastor of the precursor to Union ARP Church in Richburg standing on the church steps, issuing a call to his neighbors.
    “All able-bodied souls who desire to defend these colonies and in especial the Colony of South Carolina, and who are enlisted in the militia are requested and required to report for Muster at the Meeting House,” he might have said.

  • Column: The inherent risk of specialization in school sports

    One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts or strapping on a bike helmet.
     And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do everything they can to keep their sons and daughters from getting hurt.

  • Column: Panhandle town proponents, just leave the rest of us alone

    Were you surprised with the outcome of the March 27 vote on Indian Land becoming a town – 1,853 yes votes and 9,086 no?
    Many of us who voted against incorporation could not believe over 1,800 voted for the proposed town.
    Why were many of us opposed? Well, it was more dealing with the unknown rather than knowing what to expect if it should pass.
    The big unknown was what the yearly tax bill would be. Those living in subdivisions such as Sun City did not wish to have another bill each year in the form of a city tax.

  • Misspelling on macro scale plagues Red Rose promoters

    Newspapers have to be self-aware when writing about other people’s typos.
    As embarrassing as ours are, they’re usually in tiny type, but readers still have no trouble picking them out.
    For Lancaster’s Red Rose Festival organizers this week, the typo was gigantic, towering above one of the city’s busiest intersections.
    “May 18 & 19,” screamed the billboard on S.C. 9 Bypass near McDonald’s. “Downton Lancaster.” Ugh!

  • Mulvaney land deal attracts scrutiny

    Mick Mulvaney, a former 5th District congressman from Indian Land and current Trump administration official, is drawing fire from a national government-watchdog group.
    The group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), has asked the heads of a congressional committee and the inspector general of the Federal Reserve System to investigate one of Mulvaney’s Indian Land real-estate investments.

  • 24-hour Give Local total rises to $147K

    Give Local Lancaster raised $147,075 for 50 area nonprofits in its third-annual 24-hour online fundraiser.
    As of Thursday morning, the total was slightly less than last year’s final tally of $155,164, but that figure is expected to be surpassed by the end of Second Chance Giving, which is open through Monday, May 7.
    “We are humbled to see the giving spirit of our community,” said Holly Furr, Give Local Lancaster coordinator.